WTA furious at Nastase’s trophy participation

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Ilie Nastase (L) with women's champion Simona Halep at the Mutua Madrid Open trophy ceremony; Getty Images
Ilie Nastase’s participation in the women’s final trophy ceremony at the Madrid Open received swift and strong condemnation from WTA CEO Steve Simon.

Ilie Nastase took part in the Madrid Open women’s trophy presentation following Saturday’s final, and the WTA was not happy about it.

The Romanian, currently under investigation by the ITF for his offensive conduct as captain during the recent Romania v Great Britain Fed Cup tie, posed for photos with winner and compatriot Simona Halep on court after the final/

WTA CEO Steve Simon, via a statement, condemned the tournament for allowing the disgraced former world No.1 to feature prominently in the post-match ceremony.

“It was an exciting final match today and I heartily congratulate Simona and Kristina for their outstanding display of tennis,” Simon said.

“The only shadow cast on the day was Mr. Nastase’s invitation to participate in today’s award ceremony. He had no place on court today.

“He is currently under a provisional suspension by the ITF for his prior offensive actions and we revoked his credential privileges at WTA events while the investigation is being completed.

“It is both irresponsible and unacceptable of the Madrid Open to bestow him an official role. The Madrid tournament in a Premier-level event and held to the highest standards of professional tennis and leadership which was not reflected today.”

In addition to the ITF investigation, Nastase has been banned from attending Roland Garros and will not be invited to attend Wimbledon’s Royal Box during the Championships.

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